With yesterday’s iPhone 5s and 5c announcements, there wasn’t much that came as a surprise. We’ve been hearing rumors about both iPhones for months now, and had seen numerous leaked images of both devices, and we had even heard many of the specs that came along with the new products. Even without the surprise, the most interesting part of yesterday’s announcement (at least for me) was the introduction of Apple’s new home button on the iPhone 5s that includes the new Touch ID system. Touch ID, for those of you that don’t yet know, is a fingerprint scanner located behind the home button that will allow users to bypass entering their password or passcode to enter their device or to purchase apps on the App Store.
However, with every new technology introduction, there are always questions surrounding it such as how well will it work. Well, Apple released more details about Touch ID today, and it even outlined some potential issues with the system. First, it was noted that the fingerprint image is not saved on the device’s memory or in iCloud, but rather in the A7 chip built into the device. This allows even more security for the user. Apple does note that the sensor is not perfect. According to the company, Touch ID can give inaccurate readings especially when there is extra conductive material on the users fingers, such as moisture or other conductive debris. It is also possible that scar tissue could pose an issue to Touch ID, since the scanner is built to scan or image live tissue.
What do you think about Apple providing more information, and even acknowledging some of the flaws in Touch ID? Are you glad that the company is being forthright about the potential issues? Sound off in the comments section!